Members of the D.C. National Guard are wearing black vests instead of their typical camouflage vests during pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., this week.
The D.C. National Guard announced they will be switching their vest colors from Jan. 5 to 7 as thousands of the president's supporters flock to the city to protest Congress's certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE's electoral win.
D.C. National Guard spokesperson Capt. Tinashe T. Machona said the change in colors highlights a different mission from the camouflage vests and are typically worn for domestic support operations, such as the response to protests against police brutality and racism in the city last summer.
“The black identification vest is not body armor nor a tactical vest. It is the traditional uniform worn by the D.C. National Guard members in multiple domestic operations including Presidential Inaugurations, the COVID-19 pandemic response, the 4th of July celebration and the 'Anniversary March on Washington' in the last year,” Machona said in a statement Tuesday.
More than 300 National Guard personnel have been activated in D.C. this week to support the city government as it responds to the demonstrations calling on Congress not to certify Biden's Electoral College victory. President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE has made various unsubstantiated claims of election fraud ahead of the congressional count.
The Guardsmen were activated following a request by D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserDC police accused of racial, sex discrimination The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in MORE (D) and Christopher Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, on behalf of the District's Metropolitan Police Department and Fire and Emergency Services.
D.C. police and federal authorities are monitoring the demonstrations, with clashes seen Tuesday night between protestors and police that led to six arrests near the White House ahead of Wednesday's gathering.
Trump supporters are pushed back by DC Police after they tried to enter BLM Plaza. pic.twitter.com/s9kREHr8Pm— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
Councilman Charles Allen has warned against a counterprotest, and some businesses have been boarded up as a precaution.
More than 100 Republicans in the House and over a dozen GOP senators are expected to back challenges to the electoral certification, prompting hours of debate.
Other Republicans, including Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight MORE (Utah) and Ben SasseBen SassePresident of newly recognized union for adult performers boosts membership Romney blasts Biden over those left in Afghanistan: 'Bring them home' Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal MORE (Neb.), have come out against Trump’s claims of election fraud and plan to certify the results.